All quite damning
It all sounds quite damning - Faecesbook act in a naughty way, and don't follow the rules.
Excellent! Only another 99 years, 11 months to go before anything is actually done about it
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"....has assembled data that clarifies the impact of third-party scripts in the hope it prompts more efficient coding"
As the problem seems to be with pointless (to the user) advertising and tracking scripts, "making them more efficient" seems the wrong solution. Eliminating them entirely seems far more sensible.
Regardless of the ridiculous politics and bungs and back-slapping, I simply cannot see AV working any time soon - at least not in a real sense.
The whole notion seems to rely on "AI" ignoring the fact that despite all the recent noise about it, is still many years off being "intelligent" and in 99% of cases is not 'I' at all; it's just "normal" software. The basic problem of navigating around the streets, avoiding an infinite list of random hazards and sensibly handling an infinite number of situations is difficult enough for a human driver. There is no way the current art of computer software can do likewise; just getting computer vision to make sense of stuff is a herculean task in itself. And that's before you try and do anything with the information. Throw in some snow that obliterates what you're looking at, some random guy that decides it's a good idea to do a dodgy U-turn at a moment's notice and a crowd of people racing across a zebra crossing and wandering in 6 different directions and the problem starts approaching unsolvable.
Given the computing power of something like Google or Amazon, you can probably brute-force your way through some of the problems. But that kind of power won't fit in the dashboard of a car, and won't solve all the issues even if it did.
I'm not saying it will NEVER be solved. But I may not be around when it is
"On the FCC's side are the cable industry's trade associations: USTelecom, CTIA, NCTA, American Cable Association, and Wireless Internet Service Providers Association."
That little list alone tells all anyone needs to know about the FCC's independence and "working for the people" remit
It's rather sad that faecesbook are being made to cut their data slurping because of some anti-competition law! What about good ol' decency and privacy?
So far, I have seen very little to instil any faith in the new GDPR - so far ABSOLUTELY NOTHING has changed. Goolies, FB, etc etc etc are STILL munching up as much data as they can shake a stick at and STILL nothing is being done to stop it. I have heard that their's stuff going through the courts, but it's so bloody glacially slow that we'll have blown ourselves up long before it comes to anything.
"ystemd started as a noble project to revise what is, I'm afraid, the utter shambles that is Linux system startup"
I agree that System V startup is a complete mess, but I don't understand why Linux doesn't use BSD's startup system? Its extremely simple and very easy to navigate. The average /etc contents of a BSD system is 10% the size of Linux. And it does the same job - ie - it starts stuff!
The most unbelievable thing I encountered was when my contract with EE expired so I decided to stick with EE but change to a sim-only "deal"
No problem they said. But you can't keep your number; a number that I had managed to hang on to for almost 10 years. There's a legal requirement that you can keep your number if you go elsewhere. But (I discovered) NOT if you change your deal with the same company. "Not possible" I kept being told. I'm sure it IS possible; they just couldn't be arsed to do it. The only advice the EE chap could offer was to move to a PAYG deal with someone else (allowing me to take my number) and then immediately move back. Absolutely f****** ridiculous!!
In the end, I got a new number. Still really pissed off about it though.
How did we ever get to this stage where mobiles and broadband are on (usually 1 or 2 year) contracts?
There was a time when you paid your money, took your choice, and if you didn't like it you gave one month's notice and went elsewhere. Simple, transparent, and none of this "£X off for 2 years and then we'll hike the price. Oh, and if you're an existing customer, you can go and f*** yourself " crap.
Popular does not equal useful though.
If you want to limit the list to useful, then that would be C, C++, (oh, go on then....) java, Fortran, assembler. I'm sure there's a couple of other too.
You might even find the odd shell script useful, or even (gawd help us) Perl, but these are hacky scripting languages and while definitely useful, not really what I would categorise as a genuine programming language for making stuff work.
Notably absent from my list would by Python. I don't feel the need to elucidate.
I wonder how many CRITICAL flaws have been found in M$ various browser versions, Word, and Excel over the years.
It's got to be approaching something like the number of atoms in the universe by now. As for Adobe's crapware - they've got to be approaching infinity I would t think.
Software bugs is one thing, but I am genuinely intrigued how it's possible to write ANY software with that many critical faults. I mean, you must have to put REAL effort in to do that. It's staggering
"We want to close the capability gap between the web and native and make it easy for developers to build great experiences on the open web,"
I have to ask myself WHY? And the only reason I can come up with is because it's much easier for Google to spy on you if you're using one of its web applications than if you're not. They're not pushing this to give you and me the punter any benefit. They are doing it to make money.
As for "Google refers to this expansion set of browser capabilities using the name of a toxic blowfish"
...sounds like an ideal name for anything Google has anything to do with
Maybe. Just maybe.... he's right
The internet seems to be divided into the bits that have long-since started their decent into the sewer, and the bits who's **ONLY** purpose is to spy on as many people as it can and gather as much information as possible on those people
The situation s certainly getting no better any time soon, so I'd be prepared to listen to what Mr Macron has to say.
Why isn't Google being sued by the EU? They quite blatantly play games with GDPR compliance (I'm sure many reading this have tried opting out of Goodle's tentacles and witnessed what a farce it is) and the EU (or whatever branch it is that is supposed to manage this stuff) should have started suing them on day on of GDPR.
...but they are not. Why?
I'm all for fair competition etc etc, but when a complete disaster is about to unfold, maybe it's time to take pre-emptive action.
Maybe Amazon (and the likes of Google etc) should be forcibly shut down, or at least severely curtailed. Otherwise, in a few years there will be only one or two retail outfits and that is clearly in nobody's interest apart from the particular retailers.
It's draconian. It's anti-business. It's lots of things that are against free trade, "market forces", etc etc, but the alternative is to sleep walk into a disaster where we no longer have any high-street shops at all, and no choice at all.
So remind me again, why do we (primarily Europe and the US) keep throwing money at a state that has an appalling human rights record, routinely locks up anyone who it doesn't like, has an appalling environmental record, is hostile to anything outside of itself, and has no recognisable morals at all; has, basically, an abhorant government that has its eye on world domination and enslavement?
Then again, we think nothing of fucking-up the planet either!
Couldn't agree more - some people just have too much time on their hands
What next? Change the names of the colours black and white? It's ludicrous
And on a more general note, how exactly do you become "offended"? It's very in-vogue these days. I don't think I have ever been "offended" by anything? Ever. In fact, I'm not even sure what it means
"To be eligible for the safe harbor, an ISP is required, among other things, to adopt and reasonably implement a policy that provides for the termination of subscribers and account holders that are repeat copyright infringers,"
Simple! Just make a policy then. The policy can say that you're going to ignore the issue. Perfectly legit as long as you follow it and can show that you're following it
ALL of Google's opt-out procedure is intentionally complicated. You have to press zillions of buttons to switch everything off. And it doesn't seem to matter how many times you do it, it all comes flooding back the next time you use their site!
This is also true for most other web sites out there that like to collect your data.
I think the GDPR peeps missed a trick here - they should have stated that opting out must be as simple as opting in.
Re "Apple doesn't do this"
I find it odd (well, OK, not odd at all, because it seems to be expected these days) that the privacy setting in IOS for switching on/off location services is the only one that pops up with a warning when you try to switch it off; "are you sure you want to switch this off? - it's really lovely you know".
It comes up with no "are you sure you want to switch this on? - It's really creepy you know" warning when you switch it on though.
In fact, Apple seem to have made the whole settings part of IOS as complicated and difficult to navigate as possible. But that's a different subject.
"...but HMRC has assumed it is present in all public sector contractor engagements."
Yes, HMRC has a very long track record of making stuff up as it goes along and assuming stuff is a certain way because it happens to suite their needs.
It's probably why they can't come-up with a correctly working tool for IR35 assessment - because such a tool would either have to include HMRC's made-up assumptions (in which case it's wrong and everyone points and screams "that's b*ll*cks") or it would have to ignore HMRC's assumptions and work only on facts (in which case most people would be outside of IR35 anyway, and that doesn't fit HMRC's wishes).
Oh, I know Python has its place. Even outside of "rm *python*" :-)
This is why we have a whole generation of software students that don't have the faintest idea about what's going on under the bonnet, and who's answer to a problem is to just include yet another couple of megabytes of random library code because they need to use a two-line function that it defines and they're not skilled enough to know otherwise.
Very soon, there will be nobody left with the skills to write those (non-Python) libraries and we'll have to go back to writing on stone slabs
This is fantastic!
We can have even more people learning Python and then pretending they know how to write code. It's a bit like learning how to draw with a crayon and then declaring that you're a top novelist.
It's a start though, so presumably once the student has completed this course they can then start the next course which introduces a real programming language like C or C++ or assembler?
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